Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Porsche | posted October 07, 2015 13:00
All-new Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Targa 4 unveiled with new turbocharged flat-six
Porsche has just taken the wraps off of the 2016 Carrera 4 and Targa 4. Based on the recently updated 2016 911, it is now driven by a new turbocharged flat-six that benefits from an improved AWD system. In addition, the Carrera 4 will be available as a hardtop and as a Cabriolet.
As a way of differentiating the new models from standard 911s, both the Carrera 4 and Targa 4 have a slightly altered taillight strip that gives off a distinct 3D effect when in use, according to Porsche. Moreover, it has wider 44mm rear wheel arches compared to previous models.
Other revisions on the two cars include four-point daytime running lights, a redesigned engine cover with vertical louvres and four-point brake lights.
The 2016 Targa 4, on the other hand, still bears the classic look of the original model with its wide bars that replace the B-pillars and the wrap-around rear window.
The cabin largely carries over from the 2016 911, but ditches the two-tone theme. It has a seven-inch display with multi-touch gestures, online satellite navigation and voice control. In addition, the Porsche Communication Management System (PCM) now supports Wi-Fi and is Apple CarPlay compatible.
The optional Sport Chrono Package will also be available for the two models, allowing the driver to set the car in four different modes: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.
Powering the Carrera 4 and Targa 4 is a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six that delivers 370 PS along with 450 Nm of torque. The more powerful S variants, on the other hand, produce 420 PS along with 500 Nm of torque.
Apart from the new engine, the AWD Carrera 911s now make use of a new electro-hydraulically controlled AWD system that can be paired with the optional PDK dual clutch transmission. When fitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the Carrera 4 has a claimed 0 – 100km/h time of 4.1 seconds while the S variant can do it in 3.8 seconds. Porsche did not provide the 0 – 100 km/h times of the Cabriolet and Targa models.
Both the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 will be launched in Germany by the end of January 2016.